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SM Adam volume 21/154


[7] Preliminary design showing variant elevations for the third scheme for the funerary monument, 1775, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a funerary monument set within a landscape. This is composed of a stylobate, supporting a sarcophagus, containing a figurative relief panel. The sarcophagus supports a pedestal, ornamented with a circular inscription panel, and surmounted by an urn. The whole is set in a niche within a pyramid in relief, ornamented with bands of ornament and a bust. Below is an alternative monument, composed of a stylobate, supporting a drum ornamented with an oval medallion flanked by figures, and with a frieze ornamented with connected enclosed rosettes and ram masks. This is surmounted by a socle ornamented with half figures, supporting a strigillated sarcophagus, containing an inscription panel


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (187 x 302)


Robert Adam


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